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BlackBerry PlayBook follow-up axed in favour of 4.3-inch smart phone?

If rumours are to be believed, BlackBerry manufacturer RIM may have ditched plans to build a 10-inch PlayBook, opting instead for a smart phone based on the same operating system

BlackBerry manufacturer RIM has axed plans to release a 10-inch follow-up to the PlayBook tablet, if rumours are to be believed.

BlackBerry news site N4BB reports that while RIM was planning on following up the PlayBook with a larger 10-inch version, it has since scrapped those plans in favour of building a BlackBerry 'Superphone.'

We wouldn't be entirely surprised if RIM gave up on the PlayBook -- while we were impressed with its slick interface, we found its lack of apps disturbing, and the fact that you need to be a BlackBerry user already to access things as basic as a calendar left us feeling cold. The idea of another tablet that's basically the same but a bit bigger doesn't exactly smoke our tyres.

The notion of a BlackBerry Superphone is more appealing however -- after all phones are what RIM has always been best at building. N4BB reckons the aforementioned supermobile could feature a 1.2GHz processor and a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and would be based on the same operating system as the current PlayBook.

That would leave RIM with a tablet and phone running on the same platform, which could entice app developers to start building apps for the devices. 

As well as lukewarm reviews, the existing PlayBook has been hit by recall issues, and an anonymous RIM executive recently published an open letter slating all aspects of the company, including the new tablet, likening it to a Fisher Price toy.

Is there any hope for the PlayBook? Would you rather have a 10-inch version, or a smart phone based on the same system? Or would you rather never see anything to do with BlackBerry ever again? Let us know in the comments, or sound off on our Facebook page